Happy Birthday to Benjamin Franklin
By Dr. Juris Bunkis
“Benjamin” is more than a face on a one hundred dollar bill! Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, earlier this month, give us an opportune moment to reflect on the profound impact he had on the founding of America and the enduring lessons his life offers.
Franklin’s multifaceted contributions as a newspaper editor and printer, statesman, Founding Father, a drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence, first postmaster general, first US Ambassador to France, Ambassador to Sweden, scientist, author, and inventor embody the spirit of American ingenuity and resilience. His emphasis on self-improvement, encapsulated in his famous virtues, still resonates today as a timeless guide for personal development – he has serves as a model of a “total man”.
Franklin’s commitment to civic duty, diplomacy, and compromise in the formation of the United States remains a compelling model for effective governance. His emphasis on the value of education and knowledge underscores the importance of an informed citizenry in a thriving democracy.
Considering the contemporary landscape, one might speculate on what Franklin would think of today’s America. Given his pragmatism and commitment to progress, he might appreciate the nation’s advancements while urging continued unity and collaboration. Franklin’s ability to adapt and innovate would likely lead him to champion technological advancements and environmental stewardship.
In essence, Benjamin Franklin’s story serves as a beacon, encouraging us to strive for personal excellence, engage in civic responsibility, and adapt to the challenges of our time with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.
Dr Bunkis discussing the state of affairs with Ben (in Santa Barbara, CA)!
Spotlight on Plastic Surgery – Addressing the neck... how do we correct loose skin?
By Dr. John Compoginis
A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to address the signs of aging and enhance the appearance of the neck and jawline. As individuals age, the neck is often one of the areas that undergo noticeable changes, including sagging skin, excess fat deposits, and the development of vertical bands or wrinkles. A neck lift aims to rejuvenate and redefine the neck by tightening loose skin and muscles, thereby restoring a more youthful and contoured profile.
The procedure involves several key steps. Firstly, an incision is made usually behind the ears and under the chin, to access the underlying structures. Through these incisions, excess fat may be removed through liposuction, and the platysma muscles, responsible for neck banding, can be tightened. Additionally, any surplus skin is trimmed to create a smoother, more toned appearance. The incisions are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring.
One of the significant advantages of a neck lift is its ability to address multiple aspects of neck aging simultaneously. By combining procedures like liposuction, muscle tightening, and skin removal, we can comprehensively rejuvenate the neck, producing more natural and harmonious results. This holistic approach distinguishes the neck lift from less invasive alternatives and allows for a more tailored outcome.
Patients considering a neck lift generally fall into two categories: those seeking preventative measures in their mid-30s to early 40s to address early signs of aging, and those in their 50s or older looking to reverse more advanced aging effects. A thorough consultation at OCPS is crucial to determine the most suitable approach based on individual goals, anatomy, and overall health.
Recovery from a neck lift varies, but patients can typically expect some bruising and swelling in the days following the procedure. Full recovery may take a few weeks, during which time patients are advised to follow post-operative care instructions diligently.
In conclusion, a neck lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at rejuvenating the neck and jawline by addressing sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity. It offers a comprehensive solution for those seeking a more youthful and defined neck profile, with results that can be transformative and long-lasting. As with any cosmetic surgery, thorough consultation and realistic expectations are crucial for a successful outcome.
Below is a healthy 63 year-old female who had a neck lift. Her main complaint was the loose hanging skin of the neck. Her muscles were also tightened to enhance the outcome.